Team BMW’s Stephen Jelley secured the top spot in second practice for the British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch Indy, with times tumbling well below the qualifying lap record.
Towards the end of the session, with just over four minutes to go, BTC Racing’s Josh Cook had held the fastest time with his effort of 47.868 seconds.
But a minute later, Power Maxed Racing’s Michael Crees went just over a tenth of a second faster with his effort of 47.762 seconds, topping the times for the second occasion in the session.
But with just 30 seconds to go, Jelley usurped them both, claiming the top spot with a lap which was a tenth faster still, his lap of 47.654 being two tenths faster even than the NGTC qualifying lap record.
Crees ended up in second in his Vauxhall, ahead of Excelr8 Motorsport’s Tom Ingram, who had put his lap time in just after Cress went fastest.
Cook slipped to fourth at the end, having opted to bring his Honda in to conclude his session five minutes before the chequered flag flew.
Jake Hill was fifth fastest in the MB Motorsport BMW, ahead of the Ciceley 3-Series of George Gamble in sixth.
Gordon Shedden was the second-quickest Honda for Team Dynamics in seventh, whilst BMW’s four-time champion Colin Turkington was eighth.
The top ten was completed by Team Dynamics’ Daniel Rowbottom and Ciceley’s Adam Morgan, the latter being just three tenths of a second off the pace.
It was again a challenging session for the Motorbase Ford squad. NAPA Racing UK’s Dan Cammish was the best of the Focus drivers down in 18th, whilst reigning champion Ash Sutton was only 21st. Earlier in the day the team had failed to break into the top ten as well.
BTC Racing’s Jason Plato, who had been eighth and less than two tenths off the pace in FP1, slipped to 22nd in second practice, just under eight tenths off the pace.
The session was slightly less competitive overall than first practice, with the top 23 being covered by less than a second.
Qualifying is scheduled to begin at 15:50 BST.
|1||12||Stephen JELLEY||Team BMW||BMW 330e M Sport||31||47.654||–|
|2||777||Michael CREES||CarStore Power Maxed Racing||Vauxhall Astra||23||47.762||0.108|
|3||80||Tom INGRAM||Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com||Hyundai i30 Fastback N||32||47.789||0.135|
|4||66||Josh COOK||Rich Energy BTC Racing||Honda Civic Type R||22||47.868||0.214|
|5||24||Jake HILL||ROKiT MB Motorsport||BMW 330e M Sport||30||47.883||0.229|
|6||42||George GAMBLE||Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport||BMW 330e M Sport||35||47.907||0.253|
|7||52||Gordon SHEDDEN||Halfords Racing with Cataclean||Honda Civic Type R||33||47.922||0.268|
|8||50||Colin TURKINGTON||Team BMW||BMW 330e M Sport||24||47.942||0.288|
|9||32||Daniel ROWBOTTOM||Halfords Racing with Cataclean||Honda Civic Type R||28||47.951||0.297|
|10||33||Adam MORGAN||Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport||BMW 330e M Sport||26||47.955||0.301|
|11||6||Rory BUTCHER||Toyota GAZOO Racing UK||Toyota Corolla GR Sport||26||48.020||0.366|
|12||123||Daniel LLOYD||Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com||Hyundai i30 Fastback N||33||48.061||0.407|
|13||97||Ash HAND||CarStore Power Maxed Racing||Vauxhall Astra||29||48.114||0.460|
|14||21||Ricky COLLARD||Toyota GAZOO Racing UK||Toyota Corolla GR Sport||24||48.142||0.488|
|15||17||Dexter PATTERSON||Laser Tools Racing||Infiniti Q50||29||48.244||0.590|
|16||19||Bobby THOMPSON||Autobrite Direct with JourneyHero||CUPRA Leon||19||48.272||0.618|
|17||40||Árón TAYLOR-SMITH||Yazoo with Safuu.com Racing||CUPRA Leon||32||48.321||0.667|
|18||9||Dan CAMMISH||NAPA Racing UK||Ford Focus ST||26||48.338||0.684|
|19||3||Tom CHILTON||Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com||Hyundai i30 Fastback N||19||48.350||0.696|
|20||16||Aiden MOFFAT||Laser Tools Racing||Infiniti Q50||37||48.359||0.705|
|21||1||Ashley SUTTON||NAPA Racing UK||Ford Focus ST||30||48.411||0.757|
|22||11||Jason PLATO||Rich Energy BTC Racing||Honda Civic Type R||29||48.449||0.795|
|23||48||Ollie JACKSON||Apec Racing with Beavis Morgan||Ford Focus ST||36||48.468||0.814|
|24||99||Jade EDWARDS||Rich Energy BTC Racing||Honda Civic Type R||30||48.681||1.027|
|25||77||Sam OSBORNE||Apec Racing with Beavis Morgan||Ford Focus ST||18||48.720||1.066|
|26||96||Jack BUTEL||Bristol Street Motors with EXCELR8 TradePriceCars.com||Hyundai i30 Fastback N||36||48.746||1.092|
|27||28||Nicolas HAMILTON||Yazoo with Safuu.com Racing||CUPRA Leon||31||48.955||1.301|
|28||62||Rick PARFITT JR||Uptonsteel with Euro Car Parts Racing||Infiniti Q50||16||49.433||1.779|
|29||20||Will POWELL||Autobrite Direct with JourneyHero||CUPRA Leon||25||49.835||2.181|